No Johnson, No Worries

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George Bailey will lead Australia at the World T20. Picture Adrian Dennis/AFP

The Australians open the World Twenty20 tournament with a clash against Pakistan  on Sunday night. It comes on the back of some impressive form, having thumped England in the Aushes series and then upsetting the number one ranked test nation South Africa 2-1 in that series. They also accounted for the Proteas in a rain-marred T20 series. 

In fact, the Australians just keep winning. But now they’ll have to do it not just without insprational captain Michael Clarke, but minus bowling spearhead Mitchell Johnson as well. All that class not available hasn't seemed to bother the green and golds too much, as they kept the roll going against New Zealand in a practice match.

Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch showed they’re in good touch combining for 113, before retiring. So dominant in the South African test series, Warner smashed 65 off 26 balls, while Finch finished with 47 from 22 deliveries. Australia made 7-200 but was given a real fright by the Kiwis.

They showed just how dangerous they are in the shortest form of the game, with Martin Guptill making 62 off 34 balls and Brendan McCullum 37 from 18. Aussie seamer Nathan Coulter-Nile proved he’ll be a handy death bowler taking 2-5 in the last over, as the New Zealanders finished at 9/197. Mitchell Starc also picked up two wickets for Australia.

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